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My reader Doobious posted this Macleans article on Bixi’s business problems as a comment on an older entry but it seems worth linking properly.
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Why don’t bixi just use any profits from the export arm to lower the prices or expand in Montreal?
They’d be back to being “non-profit”, service would be better here, other cities would get bixi, and everyone’d be happy.
Being nonprofit isn’t just a question of not having profits, it’s a different kind of institution from the beginning. Bixi should probably have been built along somewhat different business lines from the start, but beyond that I don’t know enough about the legal definitions to say more.
If the Bixi management/profit-seeking network gets it into financial trouble, an obvious solution is for the city (or STM) to directly buy it, along with the parking spots it currently uses. Then it should probably become a year-round operation. Eventually, it will turn a profit because cycling is the least expensive way to move people around medium urban distances. It’s our current management practices that are corrupt and dysfunctional.
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